Life is sometimes referred to as a journey - the road of life that stretches out before us. The work and donations that Cuddle entails follows that same route.

Premies at TriCity Hospital and Balboa Naval Hospital receive little blankets and knit hats for their NICU’s. Angels Foster Family Network serves the newborn to five year old at risk population with their foster program. We donate receiving blankets, burp cloths, and quilts to help them.

The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA helps the Marine Corp newborns with Cuddle quilts.

Elizabeth Hospice hosts Camp Spero, a grief camp for 7 to 17 year olds. Many local guilds including El Camino Quilters provide quilts for these special campers.

Hugs From Home (Elks) gives quilts to local Marine Corp children. They also serve active and retired military. Recently they have begun to help Operation Hope in Vista with our quilts for families working their way out of homelessness. Our quilts also go to Door of Hope which helps abused families.

One of our favorite destinations is the foster high school program at San Pasqual Academy. For many years we have presented their graduating seniors with a special quilt and pillowcase. In December 2021 we gifted all of the teens. In February 2022 the “grandparents” who live on campus with the teens also received quilts.

Christmas placemats make their way to Oceanside and San Marcos Senior Centers for their celebration dinners and homebound senior population. We also gift these two centers with seasonal quilts to raffle. San Marcos also receives table runners for their Mothers Day Tea.

Elizabeth Hospice and Hospice of the South Coast distribute our quilts and pillowcases.

Random requests from fire victims to individuals facing personal loss or illness also receive quilts.

We are now researching the best way to help incoming Ukrainian refugees.

All of these organizations are thankful to you for your quilts and handmade gifts. You have provided comfort to many on their journey thru life.



1st Thursday of each month 9 am - 1 pm

Masks required

El Corazon Senior Center 3rd Thursday of each month 9 am - 3 pm

San Marcos Senior Center 4th Monday of each month 9 am - 3 pm

Please bring a mask

Here is a guide to recommended sizes.

Baby/wheelchair/Foster Angels/receiving blankets or quilts 40”-45” x 45”-50” Lap/ teens/adults 48”-60” x 60”-76”

Breckenridge or San Pasqual   64”-70” x 76”-90”

Retreat 2023 Reminder

The 2023 retreat is scheduled for February 2-5, 2023 at Vina de Lestonnac, with more information coming. We expect it to be bigger than ever. Mark your calendars now.   Registration for the retreat will begin in May. Thank you again to each of you. Jo Anne Foster

May Birthdays

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  • 3     Debbie Cahill
  • 4     Jane Zappia
  • 5     Nancy Hecker
  • 5     Daina Katz-Sardonia
  • 6     Susan Reisner
  • 8     Alice Courteau
  • 9     Pam Bechill
  • 10    Suzanne Treneer
  • 11    Barbara Crayton
  • 11    Patricia Gay
  • 19    Colleen McCune
  • 20    Barbara Groner
  • 20    Deborah Johnson
  • 21    Susan Owen
  • 21    Patty Paulsen
  • 22    Barbara Groner
  • 22    Dominique Tecotzky
  • 24    Jan Jordan
  • 26    Helen Tucker
  • 27    Stephanie Swadell
  • 29    Carrie Suggett

May 2022 Lucky Block

Summer Lanterns

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Lantern Body - Asian focus print

Contrast Trim - Coordinating color

Top and Bottom - Black solid, print or tone on tone that reads more solid.

Background - Off-white to Cream tone on tone or solid

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(4) 3” squares

(4) 1 ½” by 3” rectangles


(2) 3” by 10 ½” rectangles

(1) 2 ½” by 10 ½”rectangles

Contrast Trim

(2) 1” by 10 ½” strips

Top/Bottom (Black)

(2) 1 ½” by 5 ½” strips

  1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 3” Background squares. Match a 3” Background square to each end of a 3” by 10 ½” focus print rectangle right sides together. Sew on the drawn line in the direction shown Fig A. Trim the seam to ¼” and press toward the Background. Make two of these units.
  2. Sew a 1” by 10 ½” contrast trim strip to one side of the 2½” by 10 ½” focus rectangle right sides together and press toward the focus Sew the second contrast trim strip to the other side and press to the focus fabric.
  3. Sew a 1 ½ by 3” background pieces to each end of the Black 1 ½ by 5 ½ strips and press toward the black.
  4. Lay out the sections to match the picture in FIG B.

TIP: Press each seam as shown, before you sew on the next unit, it’s much easier that way Fig B.

Questions? Contact Laurie Paurazas 760-216-6234 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


As I write this letter, I am looking at a beautiful piece of fabric art, framed and hanging in my entry hall. It is a somewhat abstract representation of a stream bed. You can make out the shapes of rocks and leaves, but at the same time there is a sense of flowing water. It was created by a Ukrainian fabric artist who fled to Poland with her husband some years ago when the government of Ukraine was taken over by a Russian backed president. The artist’s husband had been a government translator who had worked with my husband on a business deal in Ukraine. She now sells her fabric art to support herself and her husband in their new life in Poland.

As I look at the fabric, I am reminded of how our art brings us together across international borders and how the fabric of our lives is interwoven with people throughout the world. And I pray for the brave people of Ukraine who are now struggling through this senseless, devastating war. Let’s all pray for peace.



In accordance with the recommendations of the health authorities and due to the precipitous drop in COVID cases, the Board has voted to make the following changes in our COVID protocol beginning with our April meeting:

  • Masks will be optional for all fully vaccinated
  • If you have health issues or are worried about exposure, please feel free to continue to wear a mask at meetings.
  • At this time, we are welcoming back our entire community, regardless of vaccination
  • Masks are required for those members who are not fully
  • We will continue to offer the option to attend meetings via Zoom for all

FRIENDSHIP GROUP, April 2022 Update

Now that things are relaxing a bit, why not stop by the Friendship Group table and investigate the opportunities a friendship group can bring to you. We have recently started an enthusiastic hand appliqué interest group. After seeing all the beautiful jackets at the March meeting, I would love to see a wearable art group form. Is there something else you'd like to see? Stop by and let me know and I will see what we can do. Thanks! 

Lisa Coulombe


The Membership Committee is delighted to announce  168 members have now renewed their membership for 2022.  We appreciate your patience with us for any delays or standing in line. There are still some 95 of you quilty ladies who need to join-up again.  If you have not paid your dues this year, please complete the membership form (Download Here), and mail it with your $60 check to:

P.O. Box 1952
Oceanside, CA 92051

Or bring your $60. In cash, check or credit card to the May 10th meeting.   You won't be able to continue to receive our newsletter, use your membership card for discounts at local quilt shops, or attend meetings without paying the $10 guest fee.  You will receive your membership packet when you renew or If you paid your dues, but did not receive a membership packet, there will be a packet with your name on it available at the next few meetings.

Please use the 3-page information sheet in the packet as an introduction to El Camino Quilters for any friends or neighbors who might be interested in joining our group. New members are vital to preserving the quality of our speakers and activities.

We are looking forward to having 100% renewal and welcoming many new members to the fold!

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